extentd whatever advantage you gained from the first debate. >> so i'm convinced that you all had the chance to hear his answers or his nonanswers. now, of course, days later we hear his excuses. >> joining me now obama campaign co-chair in los angeles, villaraigosa. when you were watching that debate with other democrats, how concerned were you that the president was not aggressive at all in challenging mitt romney and in articulating his own view, his own vision? >> first of all, we knew that mr. romney was a great debater, but he's not running for president of the debate club. he's running for president of the united states, which means he has to be truthful. he has to say things based on facts. as you saw, yes, he speaks well, but what did he say? >> he abandoned his big, bold idea of a $5 trillion tax cut.